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Make a holiday rental apartment or villa for self-catering accommodation holidays in the Epinal area, France your home away from home

Located in the northeastern portion of France, it is the capital of the Vosges, which are the dome-shaped mountains of the area.   Épinal is located along the Moselle River, which is 60  km south of Nancy, France.

Places to visit on holiday to the Epinal area

Within the old town centre you can visit the Saint-Maurice Basilica, and Roman Houses that date back to the 11th and 13th century. You will also wish to pay a visit to the Place des Vosges, as well as the Chapitre district, and please do not miss the Arboretum de la Forêt d'Épinal. The area also has tremendous major fortifications that have been not only extended but also kept maintained into the early 20th century.   One of the legends held to be quite true of those who live in Épinal, tells that Napoleon's ghost leisurely walks the walled ramparts. This is said to occur at 5:00 A.M. on the 9th of September every year. The reason is that that is the time and day when in 1811, Napoleon provided his first and last discourse to the residents of the city of Épinal.

Épinal boasts having a school where you can learn the art of textile weaving, and it is home to the Imagerie d'Épinal, There you will be astounded to see hand operated presses that still to this day turn out stencil-colored woodcuts depicting folk themes, storybook characters, Napoleonic history as well as a large assortment of military subjects. Or you may wish to play a round of golf at the Épinal golf course.

Also in Épinal is the the Épinal American cemetery and memorial. Encompassing 48.6 acres it also features a large structure, which comprises of a map room complete with a mosaic operations map, a portico, as well as a chapel. But most of all those who visit here say that Épinal is enveloped with extremely traditional French ambience while offering stunning surroundings that make for an exceptionally relaxing stay.

Things to do in the Epinal area

Once you have played tourist and gone to the places listed above, you will find that the town offers you a very warm and friendly atmosphere whether you shop in their shops or eat in their amazing restaurants. Because wine is so very important to the area, you may find yourself going on a wine tasting tour that you will not soon forget! This Vosges locale is well worth the holiday whether you like to visit by bike, horse or on foot.

Weather in the Epinal area

The weather there is described as semi continental. This means that it has low rainfall, which is accommodating in growing grapes as well as enjoying a holiday! A warm coat is required in the winter while the spring and summer are quite warm. Fall tends to be very pleasant as well with temperatures cooling down in November for the winter.

Travel to the Epinal area

The nearest airport is Epinal - Mirecourt (EPL), which is, located a scant 31 km northwest of Épinal.   You may take a plane from London’s Gatwick to the airport, which is approximately only 490 km or one hour away from Paris by plane. It is also possible to arrive to Épinal by taking the Channel Tunnel and then the TGV which is France’s excellent and very fast trains. Depending on what you wish to see, you may also drive there, using one of the ferry ports such as Dieppe, Calais or Dunkirk. A hire car may not even be a necessity in the town of Épinal.

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                                                                                                      Perfect house in beautiful location

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                                                                                                      We booked the house for a family gathering with family members travelling from different countries to attend a wedding in the neighbourhood. The house really exceeded our expectations and comfortably accommodated eight of us for two weeks. Although we were all adults the house would be equally suitable for families with children. Its is a modern house in a traditional style, deceptively spacious, and maintained as if new. The house is fully equipped with modern appliances and lacks nothing obvious. The views from the house along the Clurie Valley are wonderful and there are some interesting woodland walks along the valley that can be started from the house. There is a patio at the rear which we used almost every day for breakfast and other meals whilst enjoying the beautiful views. The owners live in the house next door and we're very friendly and helpful, they have provided games and pastimes for inside and outdoors, and lot brochures and information about local attractions including maps and walking guides. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends and family or in fact anybody who wishes to a few days in the region.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      A relaxing and wonderful base for exploring Europe

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                                                                                                      We thoroughly enjoyed our eleven day stay in L'allegrerie. We were two families with children of varying ages and there was plenty to do for all of us. The pool and jacuzzi area was luxurious and clean as was the house itself. The house is well appointed and very modern with comfortable beds and all amenities. A very good internet connection kept the kids happy and allowed us to share wonderful pictures of Fresse-sur-Moselle and the surrounding areas. There are lovely walks around the area starting right on the doorstep and we also took the opportunity to visit Freiburg in Germany, Mulhouse in France and Brunnen in Switzerland. This holiday home provided the perfect base for those excursions and it was a welcome place to return too. We had a wonderful stay here and would thoroughly recommend it to others.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic time

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                                                                                                      Lovely large spacious house, yet warm and cosy. Every possible home from home conform. Ian and Alison were great hosts, friendly and helpful where nothung was too much trouble. Great skiing and reasonable prices. Had a fantastic family holiday.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2016